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European Ambassadors visit Africa University to explore avenues of cooperation

19 April 2018
A high level delegation of Ambassadors from the European Union, Sweden, Italy, Romania, Germany, Portugal, United Kingdom and the Netherlands visited Africa University on the 19th of April 2018 on a familiarization visit to learn more about the University, its vision and its mission.


In his address to the delegation, Africa University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa highlighted the University’s corporate structure and gave in depth information on its lean, efficient and integrated system that has seen the institution move form 7 faculties to three Colleges namely the College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance, the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the Institute of Theology and finally the College of Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources.  This has seen Africa University surge ahead in multi and cross disciplinary research, innovation and the creation of new and contextually relevant programmes that seamlessly align with the continent’s overall developmental and economic trajectory set forth by organizations such as the African Union and the United Nations.


Prof. Furusa also touched on the various infrastructural upgrades continually taking place at the university campus ranging from the Olympic grade swimming pool currently under construction, the new halls of residence that will cater for the increasing number of Africa’s sons and daughters who wish to learn here and the university’s commitment to providing world class, quality education to those passionate about the continent and its transformation.


In an afternoon where the famous Africa University choir serenaded the ambassadors over lunch and demonstrated the rich culture and musical heritage of the institution, Deans from the respective colleges as well as administrative staff had the opportunity to showcase the dynamic and transformative programmes on offer ranging from human rights, public policy, public health, food security, child rights and leadership and governance.


Students from various Masters programmes also met with the ambassadors in an interactive session that touched on pressing topics including human rights issues in Africa and the world, the rebirth of the African renaissance movement, the global increase in modern day slavery and what part the students have to play in the future of Africa and the world as the future leaders of the continent.


His Excellency Ambassador Mr. P. Van Damme of the European Union said of Africa University,

“You are indeed very lucky to have such a beautiful campus. This university has shown itself to be very progressive and forward –thinking especially in relation to matters of innovation, technological integration and its overall world view.”


His Excellency Ambassador Mr. T. Hutter of Germany said of their interaction with the students,

“This was a truly enlightening and eye- opening interaction. It is a pleasure to speak with you on matters that are relevant to the African youth and gain insight into your perspectives.”


The visit was the first of its kind to an academic institution within Zimbabwe as Africa University remains an appealing and attractive University to stakeholders propelled by the tremendous landmarks that are continually reached and the legacy that it builds with each inspiring achievement.

 

Story by
Jeanette Dadzie